AWARDED TO ALL BELGIANS WHO VOLUNTEERED TO THE BELGIAN ARMY DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR. THE RANGE OF SERVICE THAT HAD TO BE NEEDED FOR AWARDING THE MEDAL WAS LISTED BY AGE AND SERVICEYEARS.
The Voluntary medal was instituted on the 17th of June 1930 for Belgian citicens who voluntarily joined the Belgian army during the First World War. The medal was named 'Medaille du Volontaire combattant 1914-18.
The follow conditions needed to be required for recieving the medal:
- A person who was before the age of 40, who saw action for at least
six months in a fighting unit.
- A person who was older then the age of 40, who saw action for at
least three months in a fighting unit.
- A person who was older then the age of 50, who saw action for at
least one month in a fighting unit.
- A person who served at least two years of service in a unit in the
camps of Dunkirk or Calais, communication troops or assistance
- A person who served at least two years with a medical unit in Belgian
- A person who died on the battlefield
- A person who was severly injured on the battlefield
- A person who was taken prisoner after an engagement with the
enemy, where he did everything not to fall into enemy's hands.
The Voluntary medal has an oval form and measures 34mm in diameter. The front of the medal shows two Belgian soldiers, one with overseas cap and one with helmet looking to the left. Above the soldiers are placed a laurel and leaf with a crown in the middle. on the reverse we find the text: 'VOLUNTARIIS 1914 1918. PATRIA MEMOR'.
The medal is placed on a kings blue ribbon.